I’m looking to plant up to 6 apple trees for a small backyard orchard in zone 9b. I plan on training them as 3-tier espalier (to a 5ft height, based upon Stark Bros espalier recommendations).
So far I’ve already preordered Ashmead’s Kernel, Hudson’s Golden Gem, and Yellow Newton Pippin for the upcoming planting season.
Will I have any issues with pollination with these 3 varieties (early-mid bloom, mid-late bloom, and late bloom times)?
I’m strongly leaning towards adding King David and Grimes Golden (mid bloom, late bloom).
I’ve been considering a multi-bud espalier that my local nursery typically has (which includes Fuji, red delicious, golden delicious, gala, Braeburn), though I would only buy this if I need to help with pollination.
Thanks! I ended up preordering the King David and Grimes Golden as well. I’ve been looking at Arkansas Black. We have a couple local you-pick apple orchards that carry them, but will probably graft that onto one of my trees.